Lovettsville Historical Society and Museum

Lovettsville Historical Society and Museum We are committed to preserving and promoting the history and heritage of the Town of Lovettsville and the surrounding area known as The German Settlement.

Visit us at www.LovettsvilleHistoricalSociety.org and in-person at our Museum. We are committed to preserving and promoting the history and heritage of the Town of Lovettsville and the surrounding area known as "The German Settlement." Displayed are various artifacts, photographs, documentation, household articles, tools, genealogy and other historical information pertaining to the local history within the Lovettsville Museum. Plan your next outing to visit the Museum, attend our monthly events and lectures or arrange a group tour. The Lovettsville Historical Society offers research resources and assistance. Contact us at [email protected].

Our June newsletter is now available.http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/index.php/our-june-2019-newsletter-is-...
06/01/2019
Our June 2019 newsletter is now available! – Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum

Our June newsletter is now available.
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Our June 2019 newsletter is now available! June 1, 2019 LHS_Admin Uncategorized 0 For our latest issue, read it here. In this issue: Lecture June 9: “A conversation with Walter Fleming” Upcoming LHS lectures and events Heritage Commission proposal presented to Supervisors 1938 WPA Historical Inv...

Next Lecture -- June 9:  "Growing Up Lovettsville:When A Farm Boy Drove the School Bus." An Illustrated Reminiscencewith...
05/29/2019

Next Lecture -- June 9: "Growing Up Lovettsville:
When A Farm Boy Drove the School Bus."

An Illustrated Reminiscence
with Walter M. Fleming
Sunday, June 9, 2:00 p.m.

Slideshow by Becky H. Fleming

Rich Gillespie, Moderator

When Dr. A. B. Householder brought Walter M. Fleming into the world on September 26, 1929 near Elvan, west of Lovettsville, there was a farm depression going on in rural Virginia. There had been for most of the decade. In four weeks, the rest of the nation would join them. The son of Alvin and Leona Fleming, Walter was born to a hard-working couple who were farming Millbrook, the farm of Dr. and Mrs. William J. Mallory of Washington, D.C.

Growing up on a Lovettsville area farm, Walter was a part of an intensive rural life known to generations who worked the land by hand and horse, a multi-skilled culture now largely lost. American culture today and particularly western Loudoun society assumes we know the basics of this life—it regularly enters our turn of phrase—and yet the vast majority of us no longer do. Walter Fleming absorbed every bit of it into his very pores.

With the help of his son, Loudoun History Award winter Ken, and his able writer and daughter-in-law Becky, Walter has sought to record that hardscrabble satisfying life in word and image with his new book, Growing Up Lovettsville: The Life & Times of Walter M. Fleming. It is a memoir of rural Loudoun life, but a memorial to small-town life in Lovettsville and nearby Brunswick, Maryland as well.

Fleming will speak at the Lovettsville Historical Society’s monthly second-Sunday history lecture series at 2:00 p.m. June 9th at the customary venue, the inviting sanctuary at St. James United Church of Christ at 10 East Broadway (the main street), in Lovettsville, with renowned historian Rich Gillespie acting as interviewer and moderator while Becky Fleming illustrates her father-in-law’s reminiscences with projected photos from the family album. The program will particularly focus on farm life in a time of intensive change, something Mr. Fleming became very familiar with in his subsequent career with Whitmore & Arnold (later Browning Equipment) dealing with agricultural implements. Additionally, as a high school student school bus driver, Fleming will share his memories of school life at Woodland and Lovettsville Elementary Schools as well as Lovettsville High School (now the Lovettsville Community Center).

Those with long memories of Northern Loudoun are especially invited to attend and follow in the Lovettsville Historical Society’s long tradition, in which the audience becomes involved with questions and their own memories at the end of the formal presentation. Whether its adventures across the wood-bottomed Brunswick Bridge or memories of the August 31, 1940 airliner crash (Walter Fleming heard it crash and saw the results shortly after), presentations like this one refresh old memories and bring a younger generation and newer residents “into the fold” of the region’s communal experience.

Walter Fleming will have copies of his memoir available and will autograph the well-illustrated volume. Admission is free, but donations and memberships are welcomed to defray expenses of the program and to support the ongoing activities of the Lovettsville Historical Society.

For more information, visit www.LovettsvilleHistoricalSociety.org or email [email protected].

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05/12/2019
May 19: Eugene Scheel presents his new “American Indian Map of Loudoun County” – Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum

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May 19: Eugene Scheel presents his new “American Indian Map of Loudoun County” May 5, 2019 LHS_Admin Uncategorized 0 “American Indian Map of Loudoun County” to be presented by Eugene Scheel Sunday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m. Eugene Scheel has taught American Indian History to Loudoun County teache...

Book Talk & Signing:  1777 - Danbury on Fire!Presented by M. B. H.  Hughesat the Lovettsville MuseumSaturday, May 11, at...
04/29/2019

Book Talk & Signing:
1777 - Danbury on Fire!

Presented by M. B. H. Hughes
at the Lovettsville Museum
Saturday, May 11, at 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.


M.H.B. Hughes says that her new book 1777 - Danbury on Fire! (Gatekeeper Press Nov. 2018) is for "children, 'tweens and historians," but writers and amateur genealogists may find equal inspiration. Although marketed for young folk, Hughes says that 80% of the books purchased through her are for older adults.

The protagonist, 13-year-old Joe Hamilton, tries to decipher which part of his family is crazy -- his pacifist parents or every single other family member, all small-town Patriot movers and shakers. Soon enough Joe discovers that the British are indeed coming, on a short and shocking mission against the Patriot commissary. The British that Joe encounters all act willing to give a boy a break ... except one, who is a little too familiar. Swirling smoke suffices to let all comers commit crimes.

1777 gives a clear view of the neighbor-against-neighbor grassroots world of the 1700s, where most of the population dread shattering America's new prosperity. Young readers follow Joe's peregrinations through a besieged town, while adults see the family implications and how extortion, lies, and moral suasion prove more effective than firearms when utilized to divide and conquer.

Snips seeded throughout the text are outtakes from old letters and documents, proving the truth of the plot's odd twists. Included are a bibliography and what happened to the characters after the war.

"All adults in the book are real people," says Hughes, "mostly related to the me."

As a former defense contractor, Hughes felt impressed by the difference between her ancestors' war and the MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles that formed her work focus. Even her father's military career revolved around the horse in WWI. (For the horse-lover, plenty of equines gallop through the book.)

Hughes will intersperse reading with discussion about research and the author life. It took seven years for Hughes to complete her book, doing much of the planning while commuting 3-4 hours per day. She states that she "never felt disturbed by the length of time.”

She invites you to join her for wine and cheese after the presentation.

Next in the Lovettsville Historical Society's Lecture Series: "The Historic National Road--The Road That Built a Nation"...
04/11/2019

Next in the Lovettsville Historical Society's Lecture Series:

"The Historic National Road--
The Road That Built a Nation"

Presented by Triffany Ahalt
of the National Road Museum,
Boonsboro, Maryland

Sunday, April 14, at 2:00 p.m.
at St. James United Church of Christ, Lovettsville


Tiffany Ahalt, the Marketing & Development Director for the National Road Museum in Boonsboro, will discuss the National Road, the nation’s first federal highway intended to expand and populate America’s untamed West. The National Road, which ran over 800 miles from Baltimore to Vandalia, Illinois near St. Louis, paved the way for hundreds of thousands of industrial migrants, whose search for a better life spurred economic growth and helped to unify the young nation.

In Frederick County and much of western Maryland, the National Road – also known as the “National Pike,” follows Md. Route 144 and U.S. Route 40 (or Alt. 40). Then through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, it roughly follows U.S. 40 – although travelers today mostly zip by on Interstates I-68 and I-70, paying no attention to the national treasure just a short distance away.

During the “Heyday” of the National Road (1810-1850), it was a primary east-west route and the gateway to the “Old Northwest.” During that period, many people from the Lovettsville area and “the German Settlement” traveled westward along the National Road, and their descendants can still be found in east-central Ohio, in communities along old U.S. 40. Mileposts, mile houses, inns and taverns, and stone arch bridges from this period still line the road.

Mrs. Ahalt will discuss the significance of the National Road during the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as its importance during the Civil War.

She will also tell us about the National Road Museum in Boonsboro, Maryland's first museum dedicated to the Historic National Road, and we will also hear about new displays and programming.

The mission of the museum, slated to open in early 2020, is to:

First, ensure future generations have an appreciation and understanding of the impact of the National Road on local, state and national history;

Second, preserve the historical and cultural perspectives of historic roads for future generations;

Third, to collect, restore, present and preserve artifacts through exhibits, programs, and special events for the local and nearby communities , and for byway enthusiasts.

The lecture will be held at St. James United Church of Christ at 10 East Broad Way in Lovettsville. The program will be followed, as is customary, by questions and discussion.

Admission is free, but donations and are welcome to defray expenses of the program and to support the activities of the Lovettsville Historical Society.

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03/30/2019
April 7 — Book Talk on Alexander Hamilton by Lovettsville Author – Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum

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April 7 — Book Talk on Alexander Hamilton by Lovettsville Author March 30, 2019 LHS_Admin Uncategorized 0 Presented by Nancy Spannaus Lovettsville Museum Sunday, April 7, at 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.         On Sunday April 7, Lovettsville author Nancy Spannaus will discuss and sign her new book, Ham...

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01/22/2019
On 75th Anniversary of Anzio Landing, Remembering Lovettsville’s Raymond Cooper – Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum

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On 75th Anniversary of Anzio Landing, Remembering Lovettsville’s Raymond Cooper January 22, 2019 LHS_Admin Feature Article 0   Today, January 22, 2019, Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy, will host a series of commemorative events beginning with a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. to mark the 7...

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01/06/2019

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The Cooper, Fry, and Scott Family Papers (housed at the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg, VA) include materials primaril...
12/26/2018
A Guide to the Cooper Fry Scott Family Papers, 1816-1950 Cooper Fry Scott Family Papers M 076, VC 0047

The Cooper, Fry, and Scott Family Papers (housed at the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg, VA) include materials primarily from three families: Cooper, Fry, and Scott. The papers comprise approximately two boxes measuring 0.33 cubic feet. One box contains the manuscript collection consisting of receipts and correspondence from the estate of George Cooper [bulk dates 1816-1859]. The other box, housing the visual collection contains 133 items, specifically five tintypes, thirty-two cabinet cards, four photographic postcards, and 102 print photographs. Sixty-seven photographs originating from one album appear to date from approximately from 1910 to 1920 and are believed to mostly represent Scott family members. A number of cabinet cards have been identified as members of the Cooper and Fry families. Unfortunately, identities of individuals represented in many the photographs still remain a mystery.

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Physical characteristics and conditions affect use of this material. Photocopying of materials is not permitted. Visual materials may require special handling.

12/12/2018

Support the Lovettsville Historical Society’s
Museum Expansion Fund

Double your impact with a tax-deductible
year-end donation!

Please help us to continue to preserve Lovettsville’s unique history by making a tax-deductible donation to the Lovettsville Historical Society’s Museum Expansion Fund as part of your year- end giving.

Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar due to the offer of a generous supporter to match all donations up to $10,000. If you donate $1,000 by year’s end, the Expansion Fund will receive $2,000. Our museum needs to expand to provide more space for artifacts, activities, and research.

Your donation will stay right here in the Lovettsville community. The Lovettsville Historical Society operates the only town-centered Museum in Loudoun County, the only Museum dedicated solely to telling the story of the town in which it is located. And we do it all with volunteers.

Our volunteers have done an outstanding job in renovating and upgrading our Museum, with exciting new displays and a more spacious and well-lit atmosphere. But we have far more artifacts and materials in our inventory -- and stories to tell -- than we have room for at the present.

Our archives and research facilities are used by local residents and people from across the country who are looking for their Lovettsville roots, or who want to know more about the history of their home.

We need more space for displays, activities, and research.

The Fund’s balance is now just under $60,000. Our goal this year is to hit at least $80,000 -- $10,000 in donations, to be matched by an additional $10,000 from our benefactor.

However, we are short of our goal for this year, so we are making this special appeal to our friends and supporters.

Your gift supporting the LHS’s Museum Expansion Fund, if made by the end of December, will be tax-deductible for this year, since the LHS has been designated an exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions of $2500 or more – if you consent -- will be acknowledged on a permanent plaque to be displayed in a new Museum facility.

Or checks may be mailed to: Lovettsville Historical Society, P.O. Box 5, Lovettsville VA 20180, attention “Museum Expansion Fund.”

If you have any questions, please contact LHS President Fred George (703-623-5134), or LHS Vice-president Ed Spannaus (540-822-9194). Or write to: [email protected].

Thank you for your generosity and your support.

The Board of Directors
Lovettsville Historical Society, Inc.

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Lovettsville, VA
20180

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